MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The divisions of the the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have denied the accreditation of 29 groups seeking to run in the 2013 mid-term elections.
Among those whose accreditations were denied is Alab ng Mamamahayag, which accused Comelec employees of trying to extort a P3 million peso bribe in exchange for accreditation.
Two of them were, however, allowed to register as political parties: Partido Lakas ng Masa and 1Ang Edukasyon.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes clarified that these results are still subject to review by the en banc. Those denied may file a motion for reconsideration. If they fail to do so, the denials will be made final.
Those granted go up to the en banc for automatic review.
Brillantes initially appealed not to publicize the list of the results at the division level since these are not yet final. Later on, he just asked to clarify that the results may still change after these go through the en banc.
Brillantes said they will tackle these after they finish reviewing the accreditations of 113 existing groups. He said some of these have filed motions for reconsideration.
Brillantes said 20 party-list groups will be excluded by the en banc next week.
He clarified though that one group, the Sari-sari Movement, has been dismissed with finality by the en banc.
Once the list of party-list groups is final, they will raffle off the slots on the ballot.
Brillantes confirmed that one group that will be disqualified already has an incumbent congressman. He clarified though that it is not the Ang Galing Pinoy party-list of Mikey arroyo.
Meantime, Courage appealed to Comelec to grant their accreditation as it filed a motion for reconsideration
Courage was among the 29 whose accreditations were denied. The group held a mobilization outside the Comelec main office.
WoW Philippines pro-environment (as a political party)
Partido Lakas ng Masa (approved as political party but denied as party-list)
1ang Edukasyon (but granted as political party)
Angat Ahon Magsasaka
1alliance of Inmates Detainees and Dalaw
Philippine Association of GSIS AFPSLAI, SSS and Allied Members
Ang Tubig ay Bigay Policy Reform Movement
Kalahi sectoral party
Courage Government Employees Party
Alab ng Mamahayag
Social Security System Beneficiaries Retirees Pensioners Association (sectoral org)
Ang Bagong Noypi
PAK Pinoy Aasenso Ka
Guardians of Oprhans and Disabled
Association of Guard Utility Helper Janitor Agent Nanny of the Philippines
1alliance of Public Transport
AKOPA - Ako ang Pasahero
Ikaw ang Laging Wagi (ILAW)
Alyansa nang Lapiang Security Guards
Apila ng Bayan
Sari-sari Movement for Modernization and Equity
D Manggagawa Balo Solo Parent Senior Citizen Civic community
Poor Free Coll
Ang Sandigan ng mga Batang Lansangan
GRANTED: change of acronym
AANGAT TAYO (to use instead of AT)
GRANTED POLITICAL PARTY
Kusog Agusanon (pol party)
Kusog Baryohanon (pol party)
Democratic Party of the Philippines (pol party)
Aggrupation of Parties for Prosperity (Romeo Jalosjos political party)
1serve the People (political party)
Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP) (pol party) (conditionally)
Pilipinos with Disabilities
Alliance of Organizations Networks and Associations of Philippines (ALONA)
The resolutions on these groups came out at the division level and will still go up to the Comelec en banc.
Meanwhile, day 4 of the filing of certificates of candidacies for the 2013 mid-term senatorial elections was lackluster. Only 6 filed early today, bringing to 43 the grand total of COCs filed.
Virgilio Galang, representative of "makabagong liderato. Tunay na pagbabago layunin. Diyos lang makakagawa nun. Magmumula sa pag uugali ng tao. Diyos dapat manguna."
Leo Cadion, also with KBL;
Arsenio Dimaya, who regaled media with a song and dance number of "It's now or never";
Florentino Tulay Baguio;
Leonardo Bula, who said he will file a bill against laziness;